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To ica members:



Attention all members,

 Thank you for always cooperating with ica’s activities.

 Due to the extension of the emergency declaration under Osaka Prefecture, Nambu Shimin Koryu Center, where our office is located, will be closed for the duration of the announcement.

 Accompanying this, ica will suspend our business including Japanese classes until June 21st (Mon).

 We will continue to respond to inquiries, but you cannot enter even if you come to the office during this period.

 We are planning to reopen on June 22nd (Tue), but the period is subject to change depending on the future situation.

 Thank you for your understanding.

 Please take care of yourselves by taking measures to prevent infection such as washing hands and gargling.
                           ica Administration

                                                       



Event Postponement Notice


Due to Osaka Prefecture’s measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus the following events have been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and are sorry to those who were looking forward to these events. The new schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

  • April 10th (Tue) Café Talk
  • April 24 (Wed) International Exchange Hike, ica Walk 2021

Expressing Japanese Culture in English

Friday, February 12, 2021 at Izumisano Cross-cultural Center


“I want to introduce Japanese culture to a foreigners!” If such a situation arises, how would you talk about Japanese culture in English? ica has started a series of six lectures (Feb. 12 to Mar. 19) to help you learn about Japanese culture while having fun at the same time. Twelve students are taking the course with themes including Japanese rooms, kimonos, Japanese food, tea ceremony, Japanese holidays and traditional events, and Japanese sake.

Impressions from the participants

  • It was interesting to learn about the unique culture of Japan.
  • What was interesting for me think about was the fact that many behaviors Japanese people take for granted are new and unknown to people from other countries.

Lasting impressions

  • Fusuma became a place of art.
  • The teacher told us that there were times when foreigners sat on the floor of the area where left suitcases were stowed.
  • I was impressed with the teacher’s experience working as an interpreter.
  • I was reminded of the importance of shadowing.
  • I was taken away by Ms. Azuma’s excellent English.
  • With simple words, quite detailed explanations are possible.

Attention All Members


Attention all members,

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support during ica’s activities.

  • As a result of the State of Emergency declared in Osaka Prefecture, ica will not conduct Japanese Language Classes starting today until Monday, 8th February.

The ica office will however be open during this period to respond to any inquiries.

  • Activities to refrain from;
  • Japanese Language Classes: Until Monday, 8th February 2021.
  • Chatting Salon: Tuesdays, 19th and 26th January 2021
  • 30th Anniversary Project Executive Committee: Saturday 23th January 2021.
  • Brush up English: Saturdays, 6th February 2021.
  • Rescheduled activities (To be conducted while observing measures to mitigate infections)
  • Japanese culture conveyed in English: Friday 5th February – Friday 12th March New Date: Friday 12th February – Friday 19th March
  • Japanese Language Training Course: Completion Date, Saturday 27th February.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please take necessary precautions to prevent infections and take care of yourselves.

ica Administration

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Attention all members:

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. In response to the request from Osaka Prefecture to refrain from going out for non-essential reasons, ica office will be closed for business until Tuesday 15th December. The ica office will however be open during this period to respond to any inquiries.

We are scheduled to resume normal activities on Wednesday 16th December however, this is subject to change depending on future circumstances. 

Suspended Activities:

  • Japanese Language Classes: Until Wednesday 15th December.
  • Japanese Language Teaching Volunteer Training Course: Saturdays, 5th and 12th December.
  • Together, let’s make “Trocken Gebinde Candles”: Saturday 12th December
  • Together, let’s make “Mini Kadomatsu”: Saturday 12th December

In addition, please be advised that earlier planned group activities namely; ‘Trocken Gebinde Candle’ and ‘Mini Kadomatsu’ will be postponed. We will inform you of the new dates as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please take necessary precautions to prevent infection and take care of yourselves.

ica Administration